Sun rises on Mapfre and two of her crew, Anthony Marchand and Antonio Cuervas-Mons, to mark the start of a new day on the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is expected to end in Abu Dhabi over the weekend. Photograph: Getty Images.

Three weeks at sea now and the bungee cord at the front of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet has sprung the other way to reverse our lead of the previous 10 (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Oman’s foreign minister Yussef bin Alawi as EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif watch before talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme began in Muscat on Sunday.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Reuters

Iran, the United States and the European Union ended two days of high-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme today with no immediate sign they had (...)

The roubled Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will make his return from a biting ban against giants Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Monday morning at Sant Joan Despí and the countdown has begun. It is 11am when Barcelona’s players appear, heading for pitch two where the sprinklers (...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

 Cyrus Christie  (right) may declare for Republic of Ireland but not in time to make squad for the Germany qualifier. Photograph:  by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill has been in contact with six foot two inch, 22-year-old Derby full-back Cyrus Christie about declaring for the Republic of Ireland. How(...)

Daryl Murphy training with the Republic of Ireland international football squad in Malahide, Co Dublin, yesterday, ahead of the upcoming game against Gibraltar. Photograph: Steve Langan/Inpho

Daryl Murphy admits to having believed his international days were done and having gone almost six years without a cap at one stage it’s not too hard(...)

With his starting 11 long since decided upon, it seems, Martin O’Neill is weighing up who might be used from the bench in Ireland’s opening Europea(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaking to media in Malahide. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Roy Keane insists there is no fear in the Ireland camp ahead of the tricky away trip to Tblisi to face Georgia in the first Euro 2016 qualifier on Sun(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s   David Meyler hold off Ali Al-Busaidi of Oman during the friendly international played at the the Aviva Satdium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

If life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, friendlies like this are what happens while everyone else is exploring life. A sleepy nig(...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)